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April 05, 2004
Illinois Makes Preemptive Move on Overtime

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed into law legislation that blocks the federal government's proposed changes to rules governing overtime, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The law allows workers who were eligible for overtime on March 30 to keep that eligibility.

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The newspaper notes that Illinois is the first state to block the overtime changes.

Debate has centered on how many workers would lose overtime eligibility under new rules proposed by the Bush administration. The Bush administration estimates that 644,000 white-collar workers would lose overtime, but Democrats argue that as many as 8 million workers would lose overtime. In Illinois, the proponents of the law signed by Blagojevich say it would preserve the overtime of about 375,000 workers, the newspaper reports.

The federal government was expected to publish final overtime regulations by the end of March, but publication is delayed while the Office of Management and Budget reviews the new rules.

The rules are expected to raise the salary threshold for overtime to $425 and change the overtime exemption standards for the executive, administrative, professional, computer, and outside sales categories.

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